I was taught a fun lesson by my children about the power of music.
After dinner dish duty is a must in our home. A couple of my older kids turned it into a jam session. They’d sync their electronic device to a speaker and just sing. It was a fun bonding time for them. My oldest son is now serving a mission for our church in a foreign country. My daughter won’t even listen to certain songs, because in her mind she can’t sing them without her brother present.
The tradition carries on…as I hear my other kids start to complain about whose turn it is to wash, I will tell them to go get the music. Next thing I know they are singing catchy, fun songs …with no contention in the room.
I don’t know if this is a solve all for dish duty, but it works at our house!